Books By Mail



Books by Mail is a  free service provided for individuals who live in the CALS service area (Pulaski and Perry counties) and are unable to leave home because of a temporary or permanent disability. To qualify, the following application must be signed by a physician, nurse, social worker or a library branch manager who can verify that you are disabled and unable to leave your home.

  1. Books by Mail Service application, including your library barcode number (if you do not have a library card, you may apply for one through this program), and
  2. Books by Mail Service Reader Interest Survey

Mail completed forms to:
CALS Books by Mail
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Books by Mail FAQ


What is Books by Mail Service?

Books by Mail is a convenient way for homebound patrons who live in the CALS service area (Pulaski and Perry counties) to obtain and return books, books on CD, and books on audio-cassette by mail at no cost.

Who is eligible for this service?

Books by Mail Service is available for individuals who live in the Central Arkansas Library System's service area (Pulaski and Perry counties) and are unable to leave home because of a temporary or permanent disability. A valid library card and a completed application are required to participate.

The application must be signed by a physician, nurse, social worker, or a library branch manager who can verify that you are disabled and unable to leave your home.

How does this service work?

You fill out an application and an interest survey. The survey asks about your reading interests. We need to know your preferences to help us select the books and other materials that you like. PLEASE NOTE: Only books, books on CD, and books on audio-cassette are available to participants of this program.

If you check "please do not select books for me," we will only send titles you have specifically requested. We will send you one item the first time. After this initial item is returned, you may request up to four items at one time.

When you are finished, mail the materials in the library mailing bag back to the library at no charge.

How long can I keep materials checked out to me?

There are two types of loan periods for our regular checkouts. Materials that are less than a year old circulate for 14 days. Older materials have a 28 day circulation. We will extend the loan period by 7 days for Books by Mail Service patrons to allow time for mailing.

How will materials be delivered to me? How should I return them?

The library will mail selections to you through the United States Postal Service. Materials will be sent in a reusable nylon bag that contains a pre-paid postage label. CALS fines will apply to these mailed materials if they are not received at the library by their due date. As soon as the returned materials are received, the library will mail you another selection.

How much does the Books by Mail Service cost?

This service is free to the qualified patrons of the Central Arkansas Library System who meet the requirements of the program.

What materials can I check out?

You can check out books, books on CD, and books on audio-cassette in the CALS collection, including:

  • Award Winners
  • Bestsellers
  • Biography / Memoirs
  • Children's
  • Cookbooks
  • Fantasy
  • Health
  • Hobbies / Home
  • Horror
  • Inspirational
  • Mystery
  • Parenting
  • Popular Fiction
  • Popular Nonfiction
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Suspense
  • Travel
  • Westerns
  • Young Adult

For more information, contact:

CALS Books by Mail
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Call (501) 918-3032 or email booksbymail@cals.org